Lilac Bushes
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Lilac branches falling off

Zone Northern Illinois | meachamjb added on June 14, 2015 | Answered

When we bought our home 14 years ago, there were 2 well established lilac bushes on the border of the yard. Over the years the bushes have begun to look a little haggard. This past spring, we cut them back to about 36" tall. New growth has sprung from the stumps; however, it seems that new branches are randomly dropping off of the original stumps. What is wrong? Are our bushed beyond saving?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 15, 2015

This can happen on old growth of the tree base.
My own aged Lilac has lost a few branches from the older portion of the base of the plant.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/lilac/pruning-lilac-bushes-when-to-trim-lilac-bushes.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/lilac/lilac-care-growing-and-planting-lilac-bush-plants.htm

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